Spring is here and winter is just a memory. I find myself thinking of the seasons trying to decide which one is my favorite. As I think of one and declare it my favorite there is something that comes to mind about another and it suddenly becomes my favorite. I have come to the conclusion that each one has something special that makes it my favorite, at least for a season.
As a pastor’s wife I find myself making spiritual applications to the things I come in contact with. Seasons are no exception.
As I remember winter, I think of the snow we had this year and what lessons could be learned. One lesson is that snow falls very lightly at first, just a few random flakes, then it can begin to get harder and harder, even to the point you can only see a short distance. I remember one time this year, snow was predicted, and I waited patiently for it to fall. It did fall but didn’t even cover the grass. There was just a very light dusting on the ground, and it melted as quickly as it came. I was somewhat disappointed at the time but then came another snow. This one was awesome. Sin is just that way. It comes lightly at the beginning, and we don’t recognize the danger. Then, before we know it, sin invades our life and we lose sight of where we are going and the direction we are headed. We must confess our sins and He is quick and faithful to forgive. We then can see through life and find our way.
As I eagerly watched the snow falling from the heavens, I remembered a sermon my husband delivered on The Treasures Hidden in the Snow. I thought, “Hidden in the snow? What treasure could be hiding in the snow?”
I went outside and began to look with an anticipation that I had not known before. I held out my hand and let the flakes land on it. I would quickly examine the flake before it melted in my hand. It was so pure and white. I could see differences but not the minute detail of every flake. Some flakes were large and some were small. The Lord is saying to us all, you are unique, special, and a treasure of God’s just the way you are. There are some of us who are large and some of us who are small. If God can make snow fall from heaven and it be unique then why would He not make every creature unique in its own way.
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee…”
Another lesson about the snow I remember is its purity. The white snow falls and reaches out to grab as many of the impurities in the atmosphere it can as it falls to earth. I am reminded of the blood of Jesus that He so willingly shed for me. It is because of Jesus and His willingness to shed his blood that I had the opportunity to be made clean and pure. I had to accept Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior by acknowledging who He is, The Son Of God. It is because of Jesus’ shed blood that you and I can be made clean and pure. He takes away all the impurities in our life that separate us from the Love of God and makes us as white as snow. We only have to ask for his forgiveness in order to be made clean.
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.”
I hope you find encouragement in this devotion, as I have found encouragement to be my own person after the death of my husband. God has a plan for each of us as individuals. We are not all called to do the same ministries. We are different and unique. Each one of us is a treasure that God has place on this earth to accomplish His purpose. What treasures can you find in God’s plan for your life? My friends remember to look and trust God to show you what is pure and right for your life.